Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 9 February, 2016 by Lianne in Meme / 21 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This week’s topic: Valentine’s Day is next week…let’s do a Valentine’s Day themed freebie! Top Ten Books That Would Make Great Valentine’s Day Reads (or anti-Valentine’s day reads), Top Ten OTPs, Top 10 fictional crushes, top ten great love declarations in fiction, swoony quotes from books etc. Get creative!

Thought a bit for this year’s Valentine’s Day-themed freebie and decided to go with favourite romantic sentences/passages. I did this a few years ago (see post) and greatly enjoyed putting the list together so I decided to do it again and see if I’ve accumulated any new ones in my quotes journal since (not to mention I didn’t want to do any repeats; I listed some classic favourites in that first post!) 🙂

In no particular order:

VOYNITSKY: Let me speak of my love. So long as you don’t drive me away, that’s all I need to be the happiest man on earth.
– “Uncle Vanya” by Anton Chekhov (review forthcoming)

Before everything goes to hell like most Russian classics, there’s hopeful declarations like this 😀

…She had already grown into his life, he thought.
Ross Poldark by Winston Graham (review forthcoming)

I love this sentence! Demelza really did just grow into Ross’ life; if you haven’t read the book but you’ve seen the tv series, I think the show captured it just as well <3

“You come to me,” he whispered. “Into every dark place. Into every memory. Into the empty eyes of winter. I go alone and find you with me. Why do you care for me?”
Winter Rose by Patricia A. McKillip (review)

Everything about this book was like a dream, trying to place these thoughts and feelings into some descriptive sentence or turn of phrase. This is one of them; the love story was mysterious and dream-like and filled with such longing…

I love you. I love you. From back to front, I love you.
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton (review)

This was such a striking message in a very eerie and atmospheric read.

“Hearts cannot be broken, Diana. And only love makes us truly immortal.”
The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness (review)

There’s no comment I could say that could go with this quote, it is what it is 🙂

He shifted on his feet. “Perhaps if we were different creatures,” he said, “less alike.”

She heard her voice breaking. “It seems a strange reason not to love one another.”

“I didn’t say I didn’t love you.”
I Always Loved You by Robin Oliveira (review)

Excuse me while I sob in that corner over there ;_;

Promise you’ll come back.

I’ll come back.

And stay alive?

I’ll do my best.

Even though I broke my promise?

I’ll come back.

Even though I’m useless?

I’ll come back, Florence. Trust me.
Summer in February by Jonathan Smith (review)

Because I clearly accumulate sad romantic quotes ;_;

Love is so short, forgetting is so long.
– “Tonight I can write the saddest lines” by Pablo Neruda (review)

Probably my favourite line hands down from Pablo Neruda’s poetry, it’s so haunting <3

“I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look, or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.”
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen (review)

Another classic 🙂

These are the small consolations that death offers. Her husband still turning the key to an undiscovered chamber of her heart.
All That Is Solid Melts Into Air by Darragh McKeon (review)

Okay, I admit, at this point I was having difficulty finding other quotes to fit this theme; all of the quotes I tend to jot down are either ironically humourous to me or poignant in some manner. So I ended up with this very sad quote but still lovely in that even after all that time, her husband is still in her thoughts and in her heart (this quote btw is not a spoiler as it was from the first page of the book 😉 ).


And that’s my list for this week’s TTT! For more Valentine’s Day-related posts, I compiled this list last year 🙂 What did you feature for this week’s TTT?

Also, I’m currently holding a wee book giveaway in celebration of my 9th blogoverary if you’re interested in entering for that 🙂 Have a wonderful week!


21 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesdays”

  1. This is a great list! I am so bad about keeping track of quotes I like, although I admit it’s easier to do with an e-reader. I can just highlight passages as I read and don’t have to search around for paper and pen or a post-it note to mark my page until I can find them. I especially love the one from A Winter Rose and the one from The Miniaturist. Oh, and Pride and Prejudice! From one of my favorite books. <3

    • You know, it’s funny, I could never get the highlighting thing right on my eReader. And then my eReader decided to act up profusely that I couldn’t install the program that has the highlighting abilities and everything. Oops xD

  2. What beautiful quotes! Clearly, I need to read a few of these that I haven’t yet, especially Winter Rose and the Poldark books. And your comment about Russian classics made me laugh. (It’s why I tend to avoid them, TBH.)

    • Dooooooooo it 😉

      It’s funny, I’ve started re-reading the Abhorsen books (to prep myself for Clariel) and now I feel like re-reading the All Souls trilogy. Forget my TBR list, lmao 😀

  3. Aww, I like the ones from The Miniaturist and The Book of Life. :’) SUCH NICE SWEET QUOTES THO. I always fail at saving quotes…unless they’re hysterical and then I might remember them on Goodreads. But omg it’s such a shame because there are SO MANY GOOD QUOTES OUT THERE! I love your round up. 😀
    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

  4. Fabulous topic, Lianne!

    How can one NOT include some Jane Austen quotes in a Valentine’s Day post? Beautiful. My favorite scene between (TV) Ross and Demelza is when he tells her he LOVES her or maybe when she sings at Christmas. Either way, that entire sequence is beautiful. Someday I should attempt the books too. 🙂

    • It’s like, a given to include a Jane Austen quote somewhere on a Valentine’s Day post 😉

      Guh, Ross and Demelza were just amazing in the tv show. I’m trying to think, I think my favourite moment between them in the show was when he told her that the loves her–we were waiting forever for him to say it and it was absolutely wonderful when he finally did 🙂 Oh, I also love the little funny moments they had together too before they got married and how Demelza totally got him with his preferences and everything xD

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